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AMD's Ryzen 9 3800X flagship processor may feature 16 cores

AMD Ryzen 9 3800X

When we first heard that AMD’s next flagship mainstream processor would feature 16 cores it seemed scarcely believable – but now a retailer leak appears to have confirmed the rumors.

Listings for five brand-new Ryzen 3rd Generation processors have appeared on the Russian retail site E-Katalog. At the top of the 3000 series pile is the AMD Ryzen 9 3800X, which is listed as a 16-core, 32-thread processor, with a 3.9GHz base clock, 4.7GHz boost clock and 125W TDP.

That’s a immense bump up over the previous generation’s flagship CPU, the Ryzen 7 2700X, which featured just eight cores, 16 threads and a maximum clock speed of 4.3GHz. The retailer leak also points to a new Ryzen 7 3700X equipped with 12 cores, 24 threads, with a 4.2GHz base clock, 5.0GHz boost clock and 105W TDP.

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Everyone gets an upgrade

Below that, the Ryzen 5 3600X will supposedly also see a big bump in specs as it’s rumored to now be an 8-core, 16-thread CPU with a maximum clock speed of 4.8GHz and a more traditional 95W TDP rating. Comparatively, the previous Ryzen 5 2600X was a hexa-core chip capable of speeds up to 4.2GHz.

Lastly, the Ryzen 3 3300X is curiously listed as six-core and 12-thread chip, whereas its predecessor was a more traditional quad-core processor. This leaves us to wonder what AMD’s rumored quad-core processor will be – perhaps the Ryzen 3 3300X, or possibly a replacement for the Ryzen 3 2200G?

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation

Despite this incredible bounty of leaks from a retailer, there’s no word on how much these processors will cost. We’re also a little skeptical as to how much of this is real, simply because it still seems impossible to fit 16 cores into a mainstream CPU. 

We’ll soon find out if AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 architecture really can perform time-lord magic, and squeeze all that power into such a small chip, as we expect the company to reveal all at its CES 2019 press conference. 

Via Wccftech

Kevin Lee is the Hardware and Roundups Editor at IGN Entertainment. Prior to IGN Entertainment, he worked at TechRadar.